Valentine Project; Part One

Okay, I promised in December to teach you all how to the ruffle finishing technique that I used for Happy New Year by Lizzie Kate. Valentine’s Day is a few weeks away which is the perfect time to walk you through a small Valentine project you can make for your special someone. However, there are a few notices that I need to announce first from my local needlework shop, Embroidery Central; fondly know as EC by clients. I will be posting their contact information on a new page called Dealers.

First, The EC POM for February 2014 is ‘I Love you more then all the Stars’ by Bent Creek. The price that you see on the image is the price that the POM will be available for in February; currently it is $30.26. The kit includes the pattern, White Opalescent 28 Count Lugana, and a Pack of Piecemaker Tapestry Needles. This POM is quick and easy, it can be completed in a month. They only order a certain amount of the POM patterns so if you want one, call ahead before you go to the store.

Feb 2014 POM

Second, the bobbin lace class at Embroidery Central has been moved to Wednesdays at 4 pm. This means you can show up for the bobbin lace class and then stay for the Sit n’ Stitch group. I know that they are planning to start kids’ classes but I am not positive of dates or times as of yet. As soon as I know, I will get it posted.

If your local needlework has something fun going on, email me at rayvenire@gmail.com and I will get it posted.

Now on to the valentine Project that I promised. I choose something small, simple, and quick; mainly, because I am making 6 of these. The pattern is called ‘All You Need is Love’ and is designed by Kell Smurthwaite and Kincavel Krosses. Keep in mind that this pattern is free because the designer and the publisher choose to share it. You may not copy or make a kit then sell this pattern.

Valentine Day Project supplies

This pattern is all one color so for this tutorial I choose to do my project on a scrap of Aida that I had laying around. I think it is 6 x 9 inches. The thread I choose is a hand dyed silk called 219 Cardinal in the Waterlilies collection by Caron. You can choose what ever fabric or thread you want to use.

To start stitching, find the middle of the pattern like so…

Finding the middle of the pattern

Now find the middle of your fabric. I fold my fabric in half and then fold it in half again like so it looks like this. While it is folded like this, I use either a highlighter or a a frixion pen to mark the center.

Finding the middle of the fabric

When the fabric is unfolded, you should be able to see your mark. This mark will be visible if you use a highlighter so this will actually be the back of my piece. Remember, if you are using hand dyed thread of any kind, you can not get your project wet; the color will bleed onto the fabric and ruin it. If you use a frixion pen, it does not matter what side the mark is on because the mark will disappear when you iron your project. If you decide to use DMC, then no worries because you can wash your project.

marking the middle of the fabric

Remember, each square on the pattern equals one square of fabric. To start, thread your needle with your chosen thread and bring it up the middle hole. I am using two threads for my stitching and this seems to be the standard choice.  Go diagonally down to the next hole to create one leg of an X and bring the needle up through the hole that is directly across from the hole you pushed the needle through. As you do this, try to catch the tail end of thread under the thread that is on the needle. It should look similar to this:

FRONT

first stitch on front

BACK

first stitch on back

Here is what the project should look like with two fully finished stitches.

First two stitchesJust follow the pattern and Happy Stitching!

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Angel Tree Ornaments for Jan. 2014

Jan. Ornaments

The needlework shop, Embroidery Central, that I get most of my supplies from does an angel tree. The angel tree is covered with ornaments that are made and donated from various stitchers who frequent their store. The angel tree is then taken to a local craft festival, known as November Fest, in Logan, Utah where the ornaments are sold. The money that the shop makes they give to a local charity such as Toys for Tots or Sub for Santa to help buy toys for underprivileged kids. This is a very special tree to me.

My parents for a long time relied on programs like this to get my siblings and I Christmas presents. My husband and I also had to use programs such as this when our kids were little. My family always tries to help out with these two programs, however, the money isn’t always there to buy a toy. The angel tree gives me a way to donate what I already have in the hopes that someone will purchase an ornament.

I realize it’s only January so it is a little early to talking about Christmas ornaments but it is my goal to do two ornaments a month. For January, I choose to do a Santa Claus and a Partridge from Merry Christmas ABC published by Leisure Arts. The name of the design is W is for Wreaths and it is designed by Jorja Hernadez of Kooler Design Studio.  They are done on perforated paper that was given to me via my mother.

As you can see they are not finished quite yet. I am missing two threads and beads to finish the stitching. Once they are finished, I will use a hot glue gun to glue a ribbon on the back so they can hang from a Christmas tree. They will be given to Embroidery Central as soon as they are complete.

Happy Stitching!

Curiosity

Curiosity Curiosity page 4

I guess this project needs an update. This is a Heaven and Earth designs called Curiousity by artist Amy Brown. The fabric is is called Dusk by Pol Stitches. It is all one over one and there are about 50 pages. I started it in March 2012 and I thought that this project would take only two years to complete. All of my supplies were once again purchased through Embroidery Central.

Fast forward two years and you can see it is not complete. I do have three pages completed and I am working on the fourth.

Heaven and Earth Designs gets permission from various artists to turn their art into cross stitch. Most of their patterens are so big that fabric cannot be bought to them two thread of DMC over two threads of linen. Because of their size, most of their patterns have to be started in the top left corner. I rebelled and started in the middle. Of course, this particular pattern had me counting down a whole blank page just to get started.

My goal this year is to get at least two pages done along with a million other projects that are screaming pick me, pick me!

Happy Stitching!

Red, White, and Bloom

Red, White, and Bloom

This  is the first project that I finished last weekend to kick off the new year. It is called Red, White, and Bloom by Country Cottage Needleworks. This was Embroidery Central’s 2013 Project of the Month for July.

It was really easy and it stitched up faster than I thought. Don’t forget, tomorrow night is stitch night at Embroidery Central in Logan, Utah.

Anyway, just thought I would post an update. Happy Stitching!

POM: Let it Snow

Let it Snow

Embroidery Central is continuing their Project of the Month and is ringing in the new year with Let it Snow by Stoney Creek. Felicea Norman, an employee of Embroidery Central, was working on this cute little project in December. I have yet to see the finished piece but I am looking forward to working on it myself.

What you need to know is it is a medium sized project and is a good project for beginners.  Felicea used a hand dyed fabric for hers that was absolutely stunning. I do not if the fabric she used will be included as part of the POM or not; hopefully, she will comment on this post and let me know.

Also Embroidery Central is changing how they they price their POM’s. What I have been told is that the POM’s will now all be $25 and include what you need to stitch the project as well as a little surprise such as a scissors.

I think that is it for now, Happy Stitching!